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Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 25/08/2017 at 11:23

Sometimes a long sleep is just what your mind or body needs Pat but it can leave you feeling groggy.   Hope you both feel better soon.

Hosta - what else is temptation for?

RG - so sorry, forgot to send hugs for your dog.  Hope he heals well.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 25/08/2017 at 11:05

Nor on motorways to ease port congestion in East Anglia.  Stupid really when the EU funds stuff like that all over the place - improved road links from central Europe so goods ca get out through French Atlantic ports, regional airports and motorways all over Spain to open up industry and commerce and tourism.   No idea why the UK never cottoned on to milking those subsidies...............

Cat eating grasses in garden

Posted: 25/08/2017 at 11:02

The bronze grass looks like one of the carex family.

Cats eat greenery to help them eject fur balls as they can digest neither and they swallow lots of fur in the grooming process.  Nothing to worry about but, if you can start to groom her it will help.  You can get gloves with rough palms for grooming dogs which will help initially and then, if she settles to it, progress to a proper cat brush.  

There are plants that can harm cats - pollen from lilies and hemerocallis can be fatal if they get it on their fur and then lick it off.  I've had cats for decades and grow lilies in pots - higher than a cat will brush past - and also hemerocallis and have never had a problem but if you do have them as cut flowers indoors, remove the pollen.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 25/08/2017 at 10:56

Good morning.  No storms or rain here but we're expecting heavy cloud overnight.  Useful - not.

Been pottering with Possum and the two kittens who had a wee shrew upstairs.  Safely rescued and released while Possum distracted the kittens so now they're busy hunting where they last saw it.   Stupid think squeaked like mad when I released it in the garden.  Talk about signalling your position to the enemy!

On Tuesday I asked OH to strim all the monstrous weeds in the potager before they set seed for another 7 years.  Wednesday was golf.  Yesterday we went out.  Today he's sanding rust off the metal gates.  They won't get even a hint of primer till mid September so will need sanding again by then and in the meantime they won't be setting seed!   Doh!

Congrats Liri and team.   Busy - glad the horses have settled well.   Chicky - you'll be able to see loads in a month;  Did I mention that Oz' best chocolate makers are in Adelaide?  And fairy penguins and Hardy's wine not far away?  And fab central market?

Dove - I do hope your son's house sale goes thru quickly.  Over here there are penalties for either side going over the allotted period for processing legalities and money.  3 months in France, 4 in Belgium.  Simplifies things no end.

Hosta - stay off the roads tomorrow!   I used to think Sunday trading at SMs and so on was OK as the staff got extra pay.   Not so good if there aren't compensations but at least in Belgium if the shop is open Sunday morning it has to close Monday morning.  Not sure here in France.

Now to check my pots before making another frock for Possum.

Have a good TGIF day everyone.  Almost the weekend.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 24/08/2017 at 20:37

Banks and solicitors seem to work at their own sweet pace Hosta, especially solicitors but banks, as we know, have overnight runs to process money transfers and transactions but like to hang on to our money for a few extra days to earn interest on it.   Rip off merchants.

Been out all day having a lovely relaxing day.   Warm sunshine and a gentle breeze for a stroll round the place with the dogs then a picnic lunch and another stroll before a boat trip round the smaller waterways - 40kms of them in Damvix and 8,500 in the Marais Poitevin of which it is part.   Very relaxing but, to be honest, there's more to see and talk about in the Charente-Maritime part around Arcais and marans where there are house backing up to the water with private dock or one of those hooky things out of n attic for laoding and unloading trade goods.  Damvix is definitely rural and just has the village with several eateries and some artists and lots of cows and crops but those do include vineyards.

The doggies were hilarious.  Refused water before the boat trip and then tried to drink the Sèvre-niortaise dry.  Bonzo adopts anywhere we are as home and to be guarded so the car, picnic blanket, shady tree and now the boat - barks at anyone who dares come near.  Rasta just wanted to see everything that was going on so hopped from side to side and tried to climb on the gunwales.  Daft dog.

Home now and there's a prg on Pacemakers - male athletes running the 100m in their 90s!   Food for thought but I am not built for running.

Aunty Rach - those look yummy.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 24/08/2017 at 08:25

Good morning.   Putting together the last bits of our picnic for today's outing to Damvix.  Looks like a sunny day for it.

No spare raspberries here but expect to have plenty in coming years and will freeze or coulis them as we don't eat much jam.  I'd have thought making jam wouldn't take much longer than a Bakewell and you could take some with you on hols if you're self catering.

LP - definitely low heels or flats.  Cobbles are killers on heels and leave the heels all scuffed and needing surgery too.   Have a great trip.  Photo opportunities galore.

Clari - Our dogs love to be towel dried or run around in sunshine but at the hairdresser's Rasta gets stuck in a drying cabinet!

Pat - at least you can go back to sleep if you need to.   Nothing wrong with daytime snoozing when you're convalescing.

FG - since they reintroduced wolves to Yellowstone the whole ecology has changed - fewer grazing bison and deer so plants get to grow, less soil erosion and more water retention, beavers flourish so other wildlife comes and thrives including migrating birds.  Greater diversity all round.   Fine in the remoter hills of Scotland but probably not a solution for Chicky.

Hope everyone has a good day.  Catch you later.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 23/08/2017 at 22:42

G'night all.  Hope you all have a peaceful night and a better day tomorrow for you RG.

Fence issue

Posted: 23/08/2017 at 21:24

If you're going to replace the fence anyway why not save your time, energy and money and leave it as it is till you do?

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 23/08/2017 at 18:48

No DL.  Just the wrong side o'th'ills!

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 23/08/2017 at 18:25

Evening all.   I'm pooped after a shopping afternoon with Possum and a scenic route home that lead to more shopping as we found an outlet store with a massive discount sale on for today and tomorrow.  Had to go in and have come out with a natty pair of winter boot/trainers for her.  Before that was a raid on the SM then the fabric shop for the Rey outfit and then the TROC where I picked up a Louis Philippe style wooden bedframe for a mere 16€.  Now to decide where to put it and what to plant in it.  Strawberries or dahlias?  or maybe asparagus?

Just recovering with a coffee before I tackle dinner so I'll go and peek at Busy's quiz and have a proper catch-up.

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